And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (Rom 5:3-6)
Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel. (Psalm 69:6)
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Book Review: Just The Way I Am, by Krista Horning
My first impressions of this book were initiated by the cover. Often you can not judge a book by its wrapper, however this one is an exception. The joy that is radiated from the imagery of the cover and the pages within draws you into thanksgiving. I am thankful God has made these people.
Sitting down with my nine year old daughter and eleven year old son we read the pages together. Each photo not only tells you a story but incites wonder and amazement as to what will become of the hero on that page. We looked at the emotions of each face and read the accompanying scriptures. Here is the greater value of the book. It produces not only reflection for the parents heart, it lifts up my children to appreciate the value of every life God has created, even with its differences.
The author Krista Horning has gone through more suffering than most could ever endure. But it has its reward. Krista seems to have an ability to light a passion for God. With over sixty surgeries upon her frame she proclaims with a victor's experience that God is a loving God despite life's circumstances.
Scripture speaks for itself. Here with the photographs scripture is also speaking to the wonder of God through what others often consider the unfortunate. Each scene is given greater depth by the Word of God.
In summary, the kids inside this treasure box are real. The next time you see another "disabled" adult or child, recall what this book communicates. They have great value and worth. Reading this book to my children has created a compassion at a level I never considered. Reading it alone has urged me on to prayer, for these kids, their families, and to know their Lord. Those God has created with what we often call disabilities are more often His means of grace.
This book can be found at http://www.desiringgod.org/Store/Books/890_Just_the_Way_I_Am/